Run your way to a better life and get yourself in tip top shape for the du Tough Mudder challenge

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Run the show: Inner Fight founder and Volvic brand ambassador Marcus Smith

The du Tough Mudder challenge returns to the UAE next month and with the help of Volvic and their brand ambassador Marcus Smith we’ve been giving you some top tips.

Step one was goal setting, followed by advice on what is the right nutrition and hydration with making sure to utilise the best stretches Marcus’s most recent piece of guidance.

Now it’s time to ramp it up. Running will of course be a key element as you tackle the du Tough Mudder challenge on December 8 and 9.

Run and refuel: Marcus Smith with his latest key tip

Run and refuel: Marcus Smith with his latest key tip

Naturally, everyone’s running ability will vary but if you check out the clip below then Marcus has some helpful advice to cover all bases.

It’s important to put in some hard yards before taking part in one of the toughest mud runs on the planet.

But the benefits of running stretch far beyond just preparation for this event. Holistically, running can improve all aspects of your life.

From boosting your confidence to relieving stress and losing weight, hitting the treadmill, track or pavement is a simple but effective way of improving your life.

So, check out Marcus’ handy hint above and don’t forget, for your chance to be a part of Marcus’ Volvic Army, all you have to do is upload a picture or video on social media of you completing a run and hashtag #FindYourVolcano

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Health and Fitness: Sea Time’s Aqua biking is a new way to break the cycle

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All-inclusive: Sessions are beneficial for all ages and fitness levels.

If you’re looking for another watersport activity other than swimming for that perfect workout, then look no further than aqua biking with Sea Time.

Only introduced in May to their schedule, aqua biking has proven to be a hit, attracting big turnouts at their sessions at Hiltonia Beach Club and Abu Dhabi City Golf Club in the capital and it’s easy to see why.

The specially-designed pool bikes, which are placed in the shallow end of a normal swimming pool, are not only fun but more importantly will leave your body feeling better.

By exercising in the water, your joints, muscles and tendons can all be strengthened as well as help improve blood circulation and building endurance.

“Aqua biking was only introduced to our schedule at Sea Time in May but in those six months or so, the feedback has been very positive,” said Zahra B, manager and owner at Sea Time.

“The UAE are fortunate to have pleasant weather for most of the year, making it ideal for water sports activities, but to be honest a lot of people don’t know about aqua biking. But when they discover it, they fall in love with it and it’s great to see so many smiles on their faces once they finish the classes.

“Exercising in water can be challenging but those who do attend will feel no pain because of the resistance of the water and body is light. There is no muscular soreness or aches at the end of the classes. It combines strength, resistance and aerobic training which is all delivered by our certified instructors. They will ensure it’s fun sessions and it’s a lot different to being outside in the water and sun rather than being stuck doing the same thing indoors in a studio.”

Various sessions across different age groups are available, starting with children aged eight and above, as well as classes only open for ladies. Mixed adult classes are also on offer. Zahra says whatever your ability, aqua biking is for everyone.

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Into the blue: Aqua bikes are utilised in the shallow end of swimming pools.

“Those who are pregnant and people hoping to lose weight are welcome to join,” she said. “We also had a number of senior people, who go at their own pace and enjoy the social nature of our sessions.”

With music playing in the background, the 45-minute classes consists of a warm-up, the workout and finally a cooling-down period at the end.

“The people who attend are generally surprised about how effective aqua biking is,” said Zahra. “The movements are very easy and doable. If you do the same workout outside the water, then it would be very difficult or impossible for many of them to do.

“But with aqua biking, the heart rate lowers meaning it will also build your endurance.” Classes are held on various days at Hiltonia Beach Club and Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, and Zahra believes there are plenty of positives to joining up for a session.

“It’s a chance to be active outside and in the water, plus it’s an activity that will surely be fun,” she said. “You don’t need any big effort but after regular exercise, you will be able to see the results as it burns calories easily, works the whole body out as well as losing weight.

“Sunshine means vitamin D, which is essential for bone growth. So even when you join us for a light exercise session, you will still leave feeling revitalised and healthy.

“On top of that, it’s a great way to relax and remove the stress after a day’s work.”

WHAT: Aqua biking with Sea Time

WHERE: Hiltonia Beach Club and Abu Dhabi City Golf Club

CONTACT: Visit www.seatime.ae

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Dubai Fitness Challenge ups the ante with adrenaline-packed carnival at Skydive Dubai

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Thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered for the sunrise yoga.

Dubai Fitness Challenge upped the ante this weekend with an adrenaline-packed fitness carnival at Skydive Dubai. One of the many highlights was Dubai’s first ever Superhero Walkathon, which saw Dubai Marina transformed into a scene straight out of comic book wonderland.

Participants young and old dressed up as their favourite caped crusader as they made their way along a 3.2km walking route. In addition, thousands of yoga enthusiasts gathered on the runway of the famed skydiving centre for a sunrise yoga session, with the Marina skyline serving as a spectacular backdrop.

The third weekend fitness carnival featured a host of extreme, adventure and determination sports, plus fun team and individual activities and entertaining stage acts.

Friends and families were seen having the time of their life trying their hands at the activations on offer including BMX and parkour courses, a skate park, climbing wall, kayaking, canoeing and paragliding.

Determination sports were also a key feature, with all participants being offered the opportunity to try wheelchair rugby and basketball, boccia, and sitting volleyball.

Multiple Guinness World Record activations took place, with UAE residents Osama Fawzy and Marwan Aly equalling the world record for most number of jumping jacks and aerobic step-ups done in 30 seconds, with a stellar 53 and 51.

Dubai's first ever Superhero Walkathon was a huge hit.

Dubai’s first ever Superhero Walkathon was a huge hit.

Star of the popular UK TV series ‘The Biggest Loser’, Rob ‘The Killer’ Edmond made his second carnival appearance and worked the crowd into a sweat. Also seen on the main stage was Celebrity fitness guru, Coach Marco, who demonstrated targeted exercises from his famous 6-pack Abs Workout for the huge crowd of fitness enthusiasts.

Dubai Fitness Challenge has been created to motivate Dubai’s citizens, residents and visitors to boost their physical activity and commit to 30 minutes of daily activity for 30 days.

Running until November 18, the Challenge encompasses all forms of activity – from beach cricket, cycling, football to paddle-boarding, team sports, walking and yoga and everything in between.  Participants can track their performance and their contribution to the city on the DFC app.

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